Creative Movement    |    Modern    |    Ballet    |    Hip-Hop    |    Jazz    |    Conditioning 


SADC promotes engaged learning with a focus on creative practices and rigorous training in a welcoming community.

Our skillful teaching artists are committed to developing reflective and creative dancers who care about community and develop an awareness of the whole body and whole person.

Whether you are a teen just starting to dance, a child exploring movement and play, or a young person pursuing a dance dream, we welcome you to the SADC community.

Interim Youth Program Director: Jill Randall

FALL 2021

Enroll now for fall in-person and online youth classes using our new platform,
Key detail = make your account in using the STUDENT'S NAME (not parent name)
If the class you want to enroll for has already started, please email or call us at (510) 654-5921. Many classes have space, but you must contact us to enroll so that we may prorate the tuition. The page will show the class as closed. Please reach out!
August 23 - December 11, 2021
No classes Mon, Sept 6 (Labor Day) and Thanksgiving Week (Nov 22-28)

LOCATIONS - all in Berkeley:
SADC=2704 Alcatraz Ave   |   SG=Shotgun Studios, 1201 University Ave   |   BP=Berkeley Playhouse, 2640 College Ave

  • TUITION: 1 class/week = $320, 2 classes/week = $620; payment plan option available at check-out 50% now, 50% in one month; SAYE Fall 2021: $1,220 can be paid monthly on a payment plan (additional weekly class is paid for separately)
  • REFUNDS: Refunds available 3 weeks from the class start date less cost of classes taken and $40 cancel fee
  • TRIALS: To check trial availability email - one trial class allowed if class is not full
  • SCHOLARSHIPS (need-based) available by paying a $25 deposit per class in the portal and by completing the online application form - both must be complete to secure a spot
  • HAVE A CREDIT IN YOUR OLD ACCOUNT? If you have a credit you would like to use, write to We will get back to within 48 hours. If you do have a past account credit and are willing to let it go, we appreciate your continued support.
  • QUESTIONS ABOUT CLASSES AND LEVELS?Feel free to call us at (510)654-5921 or write to Interim Youth Program Director Jill Randall at
Teaching Roster updated 8/20/2021


Creative Movement (CM) classes for children age 3-8 focus on coordination, movement patterns, rhythm, class etiquette, and creative choices. We offer creative movement through ballet, modern and hip-hop. While each of these styles covers similar milestones, the differences lie in music, vocabulary, attire, and genre specific movements.

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Ballet at SADC emphasizes proper technique, strength, musicality and expression through movement. Our program is designed to support beginning to advanced dancers; if a child or teen is excited about ballet, we are excited to teach them.  


Our faculty aims to move beyond stereotypes related to ballet, teaching children in a manner that is engaging, challenging and age-appropriate. We attend to the physical, intellectual and emotional development of each dancer based on current wisdom around care for the body and mind through dance practice.

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Hip-Hop classes at SADC start with hip-hop culture, history, and various forms and styles of hip-hop dance. Classes explore both the fundamental movement vocabulary as well as hybrid newer forms. Dancers learn to create and collaborate with classmates and to explore their own expressive voice through free styling and cyphers. Hip-hop is a vibrant form with rhythmic footwork, challenging floor moves, and stylized and specific gestures and arms. Hip-Hop at SADC gives students a window into the origins, history and evolution of various street styles that inform today’s contemporary and popular dance cultures.

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Jazz is a diverse form that is known for its strong dynamic energy, distinct vocabulary and stylized movement with roots in social dance and popular music. Jazz at SADC is based on contemporary movement with a classical jazz foundation. Class incorporates elements of ballet, which helps students build a strong technical base.  Technique is paired with choreography that cultivates an expressive emotional style. Jazz provides excellent training for aspiring actors and musical theater performers due to its performative and dramatic focus.         

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Modern dance explores the concepts of space, time and energy. Improvisation and composition are paired with a rigorous technical foundation to build strength, foster creativity and encourage freedom of movement. Beginning level students explore the roots and basics of modern dance. As students progress, they engage with the more challenging and contemporary aspects of the form including floorwork, inversions, partnering, release, performance quality and more. Our staff attends to the physical, intellectual and emotional development of each student based on current wisdom and care for the body and the mind through dance practice.